A Week In Business

A Week In Business

Realtor Honored As Entrepreneur of the Year

BERLIN – Cam Bunting, a Berlin/Ocean City Area broker and realtor, has been awarded the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Coastal Delmarva Chapter of the Women’s Council of RealtorsÒ (WCR).

This annual award recognizes a realtor member who fully exercises their potential as an entrepreneur and real estate industry leader; and who shares their time, talent and expertise with others in the profession and in the community.

Bunting is the broker and owner of Bunting Realty, Inc. and is committed to mentoring new agents to become successful in their careers. She is active in the community and has served on numerous boards and committees including Atlantic General Hospital, Coastal Hospice and the Berlin Board of Elections. She is a member of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Shore Building Association and Better Business Bureau. She was also awarded the 2009 Community Service Award from the Coastal Association of Realtors®.

WCR is a nationwide community of 14,000 real estate professionals in 300 chapters who include many of the best and brightest in the business. The Coastal Delmarva Chapter was established in 1981 to be the local source of education and business tools focused on the needs of women entrepreneurs at all stages of development. WCR is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors® and is headquartered in Chicago, Ill.

AGH Revises Guidelines

For Increased Flu Activity

BERLIN – In an effort to protect the community against the spread of seasonal and H1N1 flu, Atlantic General Hospital and Health System announced this month a set of suggested guidelines for visitors to the hospital.

The guidelines are as follows:

— Patients should limit their visitors to no more than two to protect them and others.

— Individuals with upper respiratory illness (cough, fever, etc.) are asked not to visit patients.

— Children under the age of 18 are encouraged to not visit patients at this time. Special accommodations will be made for end of life circumstances. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that young people are more at risk as carriers and transmitters of the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus.

— Individuals with Atlantic General Health System outpatient or physician appointments are encouraged to come to those appointments without their children under age 18, unless the appointment or health care service is for the child.

— To reduce the risk of exposure, it is recommended that pregnant women not visit unless seeking medical treatment.

“We do not want to inconvenience our patients and their loved ones, but we have established these recommended guidelines to protect our community as much as possible from the H1N1 flu virus,” said Michaelann Frate, director of infection control at Atlantic General Hospital. “While we await larger supplies of the H1N1 vaccine, the best ways to prevent the spread of the illness are to wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and avoid crowded public places as much as possible when experiencing symptoms.”

According to the Worcester County Health Department, public health officials expect December to be the heaviest month for H1N1 virus activity. In alliance with health department standards, Atlantic General is encouraging those individuals with fevers of 100 degrees or higher with a cough or sore throat or stuffy/runny nose to stay home until symptoms go away.

If symptoms are not urgent but medical attention is needed, it is best to avoid the emergency department, Frate says. Atlantic General Hospital and Health System provides several alternatives to emergency room visits for those who cannot make an appointment with their regular provider.

The Atlantic Health Center, located on Atlantic General’s campus across the street from the hospital, provides walk-in care Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The new Atlantic ImmediCare walk-in clinic in the Ocean Pines Rite Aid will also be available to the public. Patients can see a provider seven days a week: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

One week later, on Nov. 16, additional Atlantic ImmediCare clinics in the Pocomoke City, Md. and Millsboro, Del. Rite Aids will also be open.

“For those with flu-like symptoms, the Atlantic ImmediCare locations are optimal places to receive care. Patients can get in to see a provider, pick up any over-the-counter or prescription medication they may need and go home,” said Michael Franklin, CEO of Atlantic General Hospital.

In the meantime, the H1N1 vaccine supply is expected to increase over the next few weeks. As it becomes more available, Atlantic General Hospital will hold H1N1 vaccine clinics in conjunction with the Worcester County Health Department, starting with the high risk groups: pregnant women, healthcare workers and children with special needs.

For more information about community vaccine clinics, call Atlantic General Hospital’s flu hotline at 410-641-9FLU (9358).

Certification Earned

SALISBURY – The Physics Department of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury announced James Hankins has passed his national certification and has earned the title of Certified Medical Dosimetrist.

As a medical dosimetrist, Hankins-using a Dosimetry Planning computer-works with radiation oncologists to develop individualized and multi-disciplinary treatment plans for each patient based on information gathered previously using Simulation CAT scan technology.  The plan will be used for a patient’s entire course of treatment including radiation therapy delivered by one of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute’s two linear accelerators. The plans designed by Hankins target maximum amounts of radiation to the cancerous area while sparing nearby anatomical structures from exposure.

Top Producers Announced

BETHANY BEACH – ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the September top producers for its Delaware and Maryland offices.

Bill Hand of the Marketplace office received top honors for listing volume for the month of September.

Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office are Hand for the Marketplace office, Barry Grim for the Bethany Beach office, Linda Quasney for the Ocean City office and Anne Powell and Jennifer Hughes for the Bayside office.

Tammy Hadder and Anna Meiklejohn received top honors for sales volume for the month of September.

Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office are Hadder and Meiklejohn for the Marketplace office, Powell and Hughes for the Bayside office, Sandy Greene and Ellen McCreary for the Bethany Beach office, Marc Grimes for the Bear Trap office and Gloria Merz-Steele for the Edgewater office.

“ResortQuest continues to have the strongest position in our marketplace,” said Ann K. Baker, broker of record for the firm, “which is due to the dedication of each and every one of our associates at ResortQuest. We have recently seen a surge in activity as the area real estate market continues to strengthen.”

Team Dayna Feher (Dayna Feher, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Kae Quillen and Tammy Hitchens) of the Bethany Beach office received top honors for listing volume for the month of September for teams.

Top listing volume awards for teams by office are Team Dayna Feher for the Bethany Beach office and Team Winwaik (Colleen Windrow and Missy Nalewaik) for the Marketplace office.

Team Rob Arlett of the Bethany Beach office received top honor for sales volume for the month of September for teams.

Top sales volume awards for teams by office are: Team Rob Arlett for the Bethany Beach office and Team Winwaik for the Marketplace office.

PRMC Displays Exhibition

SALISBURY – Lilly Oncology On Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the physical and emotional journeys people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, will be on display at Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute the month of November.

This free public exhibit, which is touring communities nationwide, will showcase 75 select pieces of art from the 2008 Oncology On Canvas competition. Anyone wishing to view the artwork is encouraged to visit the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. any weekday in November.

Launched in 2004, Oncology On Canvas is a biennial art competition that invites people from the U.S. and Puerto Rico diagnosed with any type of cancer-as well as their families, friends, caregivers and health care providers-to express through art and narrative the life-affirming changes that give the cancer journey meaning.

In 2008, a total of 26 prizes were awarded to 20 cancer charities selected by the 19 winners in various categories. The themes explored in the nearly 600 entries ranged from hope, to fear, to the loss of individualism, to the support of family and friends, to the memory of those lost, to the perseverance of those who survive.

The traveling exhibition of art from the 2008 competition will tour hospitals, cancer centers, patient advocacy group meetings, and other venues nationwide during 2009 and 2010. The 2010 competition, including a call for entries, will be announced in the fall of 2009.